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  • Short Summary

    The lying-in-state and funeral of Polish President Boleslaw Bierut.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Warsaw, Poland

    14th March 1956:
    LS High shot crowds outside the House of the PUWP / Polish United Workers' Party. CU Crowd with banners. MS Mourners filing into the building (2 shots). LS High shot, hall of the House of Party, people walk past the coffin of the late First Secretary of the Central Committee of PUWP, Boleslaw Bierut. MS Soviet delegation as guard-of-honour around the coffin. (3 shots). MS The body of Bierut, President of Poland, lying in state. CU Faces of grieving mourners. (2 shots). CU Bierut's face. Various shots of the lying in state, including General Chu-teh (China) as part of a guard-of-honour. (8 shots). MS People continuing to queue to see the coffin at night outside the PUWP building. (6 shots).

    16th March 1956:
    High shot of Joseph Stalin Square and the funeral cortege entering. Various shots of the funeral cortege, Polish troops and mourners (including Boleslaw Bierut's family members of the PUWP Political Bureau) moving through the Square. (8 shots). MS Generals lifting the coffin up some steps. MS Crowds watching. MS Low angle, Bierut's coffin on a plinth, draped in flag. LS Pan across vast crowds, full screen. Various shots of the funeral procession to the cemetery, mourners carrying wreaths and banners. (3 shots). Tracking shots of crowds lining the route. (2 shots). The coffin being carried. MS and CU Member of the PUWP Central Committee Edward Ochab making a speech. MS General Chu-teh (China), Chruszczow, Ivan Stepanovic Konev (USSR / Union of Soviet Socialists' Republic). (3 shots). MS Members of the Political Bureau. MS A wreath being laid. LS A sea of wreaths. (3 shots).

    Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 20/03/1956

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:55:00 / 01:13:09:00
    UN 2824 B

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